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10 things you need to know about parkrun

At 9 o’clock on Saturday morning, my four year old daughter and I lined up on a start line in a local park with hundreds of other people. She was bouncing around, excited to be running in a race. There were people with dogs (sorry Bubbles, not this time), elderly joggers, walkers, children and elite runners. And the same scene played out in parks across the country. In fact these days, there are parks around the world where you can turn up at 9 am and run, jog or walk 5K. If this sounds good to you, here are a few more…

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The benefits of exercise for children

The benefits of exercise for children are indisputable. It enhances their physical and mental health and prevents obesity. It even helps their learning and concentration. And yet, a recent study conducted by the British Journal of Sports medicine found that children’s exercise levels were declining from the age of seven. How much exercise should children be doing? The NHS guidelines suggest that children under 5 years old shouldn’t be inactive for long periods. The only exception is when they’re asleep. This really surprised me. Especially because children start school at four years old, and from then on they spend a…

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6 things you need to know about barefoot running

Nearly six years ago, we were heading for New Zealand on our honeymoon. With a couple of hours to kill at the airport, I realised I hadn’t brought a book. After a quick glance around the airport bookshop, I grabbed a copy of Christopher Mcdougall’s Born to Run. To this day it is by some distance the best book I’ve ever read. It was also my introduction to barefoot running. Since then, I’ve been reading about the concept of barefoot running and even dabbling in it myself. So here are 6 things you need to know about barefoot running and why…

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The day we went for a run with Dame Jessica Ennis Hill

Blogging has offered me some amazing opportunities over the years, but this has to be the best. A few weeks ago, Vitality Move got in touch and asked if we’d like to train with Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill. Fast forward to Monday and there we were, huddled under a bridge in the pouring rain listening to Lia telling Jess not to run too fast in case she banged her chin. The Vitality Move Fitness and music Festival The Vitality Move Fitness and music Festival is taking place at two venues – Chatsworth House (9th July) and Windsor Great Park (17th September).…

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#VitalityMove family friendly fitness and music festival

I’m delighted to be working with Vitality to train for their Vitality Move family friendly fitness and music festival. The festival was created in collaboration with Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill and DJ Trevor Nelson and takes place in two incredible locations – Chatsworth House on Sunday 9th July and Windsor Great Park on Sunday 17th September. My training goals for this year Back in December, I decided I wanted to take on a challenge this year. I knew I wouldn’t have time to train for an Ironman which is my ultimate goal, but I hoped I’d find the time to train…

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